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Affectionate TermPlay
Often used to show affection towards cute, small cats by their owners or cat lovers. SlideLook at that adorable kitty playing with the yarn!
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Childish ConnotationPlay
May sound childish or less formal when referring to a cat, especially in serious contexts. SlideMy little sister always asks to pet the neighbor's kitty.
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Kitty vs CatPlay
Kitty implies the cat is young or small compared to adult cats, which are just called cats. SlideOur kitty will grow into a big, strong cat one day.